Locals ask for help for their family in Puerto Rico


A woman who left Puerto Rico and was reunited with her family early Thursday morning in Manchester said that the island desperately needs help.

"I wasn't able to talk to family for almost a day and a half", Angelica Tabaro (21C) said.

U.S. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan said Monday Congress is committed to relief efforts in Puerto Rico, saying images and stories from the island are "devastating".

On Thursday the White House authorized a 10-day waiver of the Jones Act, a federal law that limits shipping to U.S. ports by foreign vessels.

"The Baker-Polito Administration is committed to meeting the needs of disaster survivors who seek temporary or permanent residence in MA by providing financial, housing, health care, jobs, and reunification services, as necessary".

"The logistical chain in Puerto Rico isn't just broken, at this point it is virtually non-existent", Rubio said. She acknowledged some volunteer organizations might be frustrated with the lack of access, but she said any organization denied access is because they're offering services that are not among the immediate priorities. "We right now have our top people from FEMA, and they have been there". "You'd find that people who have a retirement system that's probably more than Puerto Rico can afford".

"People are really anxious because they can't find out how others are doing". Millions of people are still without water and power one week after the powerful storm tore through the island.

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Homeland Security Adviser Tom Bossert said 10,000 federal forces are on the island, including 7,200 troops.

"I cry everyday. It's really rough because it's our island".

Kim arrived in Puerto Rico on Wednesday along with a cargo jet carrying dozens of people and equipment to set up a headquarters, according to the military's U.S. Northern Command. "Even if you had a modest wind storm, people would typically lose power for days at a time".

There are now complaints that, in the wake of Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico isn't getting the same help.

When Hurricane Harvey hit Texas, resources and donations flooded in.

Rubio said things are happening, but not quickly enough, and another agency with greater capacity with logistical and communication capabilities should be put in charge. The roads are blocked, and there are long lines for food, water and fuel, he says.

McClatchy reporter Joseph Cooke contributed.